It's a buggy world!

It's a bug's world.
Yup, that is for sure -- they are everywhere! Usually I am not fond of the critters, but these bugs are just too wonderful not to love.

The grasshopper (and rooted floral) are stamps from the Two Nancy's Art Stamps that I am giving away in THIS POST (click HERE to enter). I stamped the grasshopper on a piece of Splatter background. What, dare you ask, is a "Splatter Background?" Well, if you are a subscriber, that mystery will be answered for you next week. It is one of the 15 new techniques in the June 2009 edition of the TJ Newsletter.

One of the things I love about stamping the very most is that you can take stamps from ONE stamp set, or even one stamp, and use it in trillions of ways. Kathie McGuire used this stamp set as the example for one of the June Tutorials, and I have been trying to find a way to coerce her to mail it to me! I will just have to CASE her and make my own -- and then I will share it with you as a sneak peak.

Now, I am off to an evening barbeque. Here's hoping that this grasshopper is the last bug I see tonight -- unless the ones I see are, um, splattered (sorry, couldn't resist!).

Hope you are having a nice weekend!

A knock your socks off Giveaway!

Ladies and gentlemen, I have been waiting for this for weeks!

This year, one of my favorite stamp companies, Two Nancy's Art Stamps, has had issues with their website. Well, I am here to tell you that these issues are all worked out and you will find the most exquisite stamps -- and fabulous deals -- on their website: http://twonancysartstamps.com/ .

The stamp sheet you see above was their first design, so it is fitting that we give it away this week to help kick off the re-opened site. And from today until June 15th they are giving all TJ members a 15% discount on their total purchases! You can use the same discount code as is posted on the ad on my blog's sidebar: TJ2009. To sweeten the pot, if you spend $20.00 or more, you will receive a free surprise gift, too!

In addition to the gorgeous stamp set above, I will be sending the winner the card above that uses a technique called "Double Bugging" from the soon-to-be-released June 2009 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. This very easy -- yet stunning -- technique from TJ Designer Ann Clack is full of texture and color -- you will love it!

And wait until you see the pictures on the TJ subscriber-only pages for June - several of the DT members have used the stamps above and their designs are to-die-for-fab!

To enter the giveaway for the stamps above and the card, enter a comment on this post. I will accept entries until Tuesday, May 26th at 9am. Make sure to leave me your first initial and last name or some variation of your email address so that I may contact you. Good Luck!

The winner of this giveaway is Susan Best, congratulations!

Weekly Giveaway -- Clear Artistic Stamps



This week I am proud to giveaway the stamps from Clear Artistic Stamps. These adorable stamps from Belinda Landtroop are wonderful for celebrating all the boys in our lives! The card above was made as follows:
  1. Stamp the images in Black StazOn. Color using the Colored Pencils and Gamsol Technique (Gamsol Pearls, without the pearls: June 2006 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter). Edge this in black marker.
  2. Layer over orange frame made using the Torn Frame Technique (December 2008 TJNL).
  3. Layer the frame over the green background made using the Bingo Blast technique (April 2009 Technique Junkie Newsletter). Edge with black marker.
  4. Create the word/tag using a punch and background from Bingo Blast -- layer over black and orange papers.
  5. Mat on orange cardfront, then vanilla card base.
  6. GIVE CARD AWAY!

Okay, so have you been to Belinda's site? During May anyone ordering will have their name put in a drawing for a grand prize of all 6 Capacious sets. The drawing will be on Monday June1. There will also be drawings on May 18 for 2 Shimmerz & 2 Blingz and on May 25 for Holiday Celebration set. Even if you win one of the these prizes your name will go back in for the
Grand Prize. And guess what? Technique Junkies receive 15% by emailing their order to
clearartisticstamps@belindalandtroop.com!!

To enter the giveaway for the stamps above and the card, enter a comment on this post. Let me know what little boy in your life would be perfect for this card! I will accept entries until Tuesday, May 19th at 9am. Make sure to leave me your first initial and last name or some variation of your email address so that I may contact you. Good Luck!

Congratulations to Cindy Luckett, the winner of these stamps and the card!

Weekly Giveaway: Our Daily Bread Designs


I am so late in posting this week! To make up for it, I have a very special giveaway for you. Today's giveaway sponsor is Our Daily Bread Designs. This gorgeous patriotic-themed set will wing it's way to one winner, but YOU can order it (or any of the other beautiful sets on Kelley's site) for 10% off using the code TJShop on the ODBD site!
As they say on TV: But wait! There's MORE!
Our lucky winner will also receive the stamp set above, plus TWO extras! The first is this fabulous card using the Marker Watercoloring Technique (June/July 2008 issue of the TJNL) from Design Team Member Lisa Somerville, below:
....PLUS one additional card -- a card that uses a technique from the NEXT issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. And the winner will receive the link & password to the June 2009 issue! That's right -- the winner get a sneak peak into the issue a full two weeks before the issue is mailed! Here is a little piece of the card/technique that will be coming to the winner with Lisa's card and the gorgeous stamp set:

Ohhhh, sorry, I guess you can't tell what the technique is much by the scan, can you (snicker, snicker)?
To enter this giveaway, why don't you give me a guess about what YOU think this technique is when you leave your comment. You do NOT have to be a TJ subscriber to enter this giveaway. Just leave a comment with your email address or some identifier (like your name) in the comment along with your guess. Entries should be submitted by Wednesday, May 13th at 8:00am EST. Good luck!


The winner of this giveaway is Catherine Kraft -- congratulations!






Weekly Giveaway: Wet Stencil by FDBP



One of the best reasons to send a card to someone is to beg forgiveness. That is why this week's giveaway is so wonderful -- the sayings on this stamp sheet from Firecracker Designs by Pamela are great!

One lucky winner will receive the stamp set above along with the card on the right. The card was made using a Wet Stencil background (April 2009 Technique Junkie Newsletter) with the poppy from the sheet colored using the Pencil over Marker Technique (February 2005 TJNL).
Firecracker Designs by Pamela has just added Flower Soft to her offerings. If you have never used this very cool product, I suggest you try it out! Pamela just sold out of the boxed sets, but should be getting more soon. She does have individual colors on her site, though, so make sure that you use the 10% Technique Junkie Discount with either of these codes: ILOVETJS or TJSROCK
To enter this giveaway for the card and stamp sheet, place a note in the comments section with your entry. Enter by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, May 3rd 2009. No other entry methods will be included in the give away. If you email me to enter, your entry will NOT be considered a valid entry. When you leave the comment, make sure to put your NAME in the comment -- if you enter your comment as "Anonymous" - or you just enter with your first name, I cannot give you the prize! Blogger does NOT record your email address for me, so you will need to check back to find out if you have won or include your email address in your comment so that I can notify you. A good way to do this is like so: phuntoon at optonline dot net -- it will help protect your privacy! I will have a random number generator pick one number from the comments to select one winner. Enter today -- good luck!
The winner of this giveaway is Jasmina Bursic -- congratulations, Jasmina!